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post #16 of 92
There should be a set limit on number of people allowed to use Patrick Bateman avatars.
post #17 of 92

Intern wanting to dress like a partner, except minus the degree, self-earned wealth, or success.

 

GO FOR IT BRO

post #18 of 92
While this might not have occurred to you yet, lawyers do get paid because clients hire them to perform various services. hence, lawyers tend to dress extremely conservatively. while it may be acceptable for a partners to indulge in a little extravagance (and yes, that includes wearing things that wouldn't raise an eyebrow in other industries), not so much for the intern. you choose a career in law, deal with what it involves.

i have worked with many, many corporate lawyers and have never, NEVER seen one wearing a gold tie bar (or any tie bar if that matters). and without a doubt, if i was faced with a 22-year old intern wearing a gold tie bar / rolex / cufflinks, i would seriously question the fees i'm paying.....
post #19 of 92
can't add much more too all the good advice already posted.

all that gold bling + repping your frat just screams Bro with a rich dad. no one will be able to take you seriously or like you, and you hurt yourself that way. You want to gain respect and move up based on your hard work and own accomplishments, not because people think your parents got connections for you.

Similar to what kasper007 said, not just clients, but even your boss, you don't want them thinking they overpay you.
post #20 of 92
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Originally Posted by Canadian View Post

I wouldn't. There are certain undefined guidelines concerning people new to a workplace. Learn them, before you start dressing like you own the place.
Example,
I worked in politics. As a legislative assistant, I was told to be conservative and boring. So almost every day I wore one of my four suits. On Fridays I'd wear a blazer and tie with chinos (although I once got in trouble from a co-worker for wearing khakis with too much break). Research brand was known for wearing more expensive suits with more variety. We looked up to these fellows.
Research branch also regularly worked 6 days a week, 12 hours a day. Compare that to my 40/week as an aide. When I was eating free prime rib with my boss at a reception, they were poring through files and the internet to find out data. They were so busy they ate lunch and supper at their desks. I remember going into their suite of offices, to find out that one of the researchers that was assigned to my boss had been living on sandwiches, Dorito chips and Diet Coke. Sometimes they worked all night, the next day then went home for 8 hours of sleep. It was a pretty much accepted thing that if you worked in research, you didn't have a life outside work.
These guys tended to be dandies. But they earned it. Don't dress like you own the place, until you're sure of the repercussions.
CK

I'll put a different spin on that - they weren't line. line being the core business, or the people who come into contact with "customers". people in corporate staff positions can often dress like dandies, but line shouldn't, unless you are at the very top.
post #21 of 92
not to be overly harsh, but you are young, and also very slight. you put a wide tie, cufflinks and a flashy watch on that, and you are going to look silly on top of everything else. sorry. wait a few years and you should be able to wear what ever you want
post #22 of 92
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Originally Posted by gort View Post

There should be a set limit on number of people allowed to use Patrick Bateman avatars.

 

I had a sexy girl as my avatar, but Bateman got her when he came to check out my new business card.

post #23 of 92
Also, OP, you have a narrow frame, so you shouldn't wear a standard tie. It looks ridiculous on you. Get narrow ties (NOT SKINNY TIES).
post #24 of 92
I'll pile on Against the submariner, the stainless ones are status symbols enough, this is just a bit much for an entry level guy. If you really want to wear a nice watch to work, trade it in and buy an understated watch.

Dress well in clothes that fit.
post #25 of 92
Tau Kappa, I have some ideas for your next thread:

-Complain about your office banning jackets
-Ask members if they like your bling-bling watch
-Ask members if cufflinks are too bling for an intern
-Ask members if tiebars are too bling for an intern
-Ask members if french cuffs are too bling for an intern
-Ask lawyer members if they think undergraduate interns will get a chance to do legal research at your firm
-Complain about your office banning jackets
-Ask members if cufflinks are too bling for an intern
-Ask members if tiebars are too bling for an intern
-Ask members if french cuffs are too bling for an intern
-Ask lawyer members if they think undergraduate interns will get a chance to do legal research at your firm
-Complain about your office banning jackets


I don't think you've addressed any of these in past thread.
post #26 of 92
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Originally Posted by ballmouse View Post

The intern is the lowest employee on the totem pole. Think about how many supervisors, managers, partners, even entry level people there are in a firm. Every single person has a higher authority in the workplace. Not to mention, there are probably hundreds of clients and customers as well, each of whom you are subordinate to.

The intern can't think about himself only, but rather himself in where he stands in relation to everyone else in his environment. You aren't you. You are a reflection of everyone else who's above you in the hierarchy, so fit in and look like how everyone else wants you to. You can wear whatever you want if you're only dealing with peers (e.g. school) or with yourself. But in a workplace, as the intern, you aren't anyone. So don't go making your life any worse by grabbing attention for all the wrong reasons.

The person I quoted never said he was an intern. In any event, having an office policy which states that a particular brand of shoes can only be worn by certain people is stupid.
post #27 of 92
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Originally Posted by pseudonym View Post

^ This + 1000.
It fucking amazes me how this is even a question. It's not a matter of "fitting in" as much as it is "don't get noticed for the wrong reasons."
Keep it minimal. Nothing flashy (read: no accessories until you're a rainmaker). Keep your head down. Shut up and do your work.
I've been interning for about 4 years, so I had to deal with this shit early on.
Edit: Upon re-reading, I'm thinking OP is trolling us. If so, good job.

OP has like 10 threads all similar to this, all providing pretty good entertainment
post #28 of 92
As a law firm partner, I say "hey spider, on your way over here get me a Cutty and water."
post #29 of 92
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Originally Posted by retronotmetro View Post

As a law firm partner, I say "hey spider, on your way over here get me a Cutty and water."

TauKappa sez "go fugg yourself!"
post #30 of 92
i think you should get a bigger tie, this one still isn't quite as wide as your head
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